Portraits of Boroondara was the theme for this year's Boroondara Photograph Competition and we received some fantastic entries showcasing people in our community.

The entries were judged by curators from our Arts and Culture department, who had the following comments:

"Many of the entries this year, spoke to the significant impact that COVID-19 has had on the lives of Boroondara residents. Some photographers turned to the natural world for inspiration, and others focused on home environments and activities, and beloved members of their families."

"Across the board, we were impressed with the broad range of experimental camera techniques, and the entrants’ command of light and composition. The black and white entries in contemporary categories were also a nice surprise."

This year’s Best in Competition has been awarded to Elisabeth Frank for her photograph Carolina, taken at Oxley Road, Hawthorn. 

See all the entries in the Boroondara Photograph Competition 2020 in our extensive local history photograph collection. 

We are always looking to add more images of Boroondara to our collection, so if you have some great images of the local area, please consider donating a copy.

Young Photographers’ Competition

Section First prize Second prize Third prize
Junior (Primary school)

Girl Gazing

Miranda Gerdsen

Floral thoughts

Miranda Gerdsen

No entries
Middle (Years 7 to 9)

Tricks of the Light

Matthew Scouller

Tree Reading

Amy Gerdsen

Social Isolation

Monique Thorp

Senior (Years 10 to 12)

Phantom Ping Pong

Nadine Lim

Portable Home

James Padgham


Gen Lightfoot

Open Photograph Competition

Section First prize Second prize Third prize
Historical - Portraits of Boroondara photo taken from 1800s to 1954

Mum and Dad by the Fire

Keith Head

Presbyterian Boys Association Film Night

Keith Head

No entries
Historical - Portraits of Boroondara photo taken from 1955 to 1984

Playing in the backyard

Susan Johns

Dress ups

Susan Johns

Redex Australia Trial

Mario Lattuada

Historical - Portraits of Boroondara photo taken from 1985 to 2016


Elisabeth Frank

On our Way to the Big Day

Michael Scott

Lolly pop lady

Elisabeth Frank

Boroondara today - Portraits of Boroondara (2017 to present)


Paediatrician in PPE

Elisa Rough

Young and old outside Maranoa

Amy Wise

Father and Son

Jennifer Green


Section First prize
Women of Boroondara - Portraits of amazing women of Boroondara

Shirley in the Garden

Elisa Rough

Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who took part in the competition.